Eczema, or dermatitis, is one of the most common skin complaints that can affect the whole body or just certain areas. It has affected millions around the world and the number, unfortunately, is still growing.
Although there is no cure for eczema, there are various ways of treating eczema, which are best used from a holistic viewpoint. Read on for information on a few holistic treatments for eczema.
1. Care for your skin
One of the best holistic treatments for eczema is the use of the right emollient to prevent eczema flare-ups. Keep your skin soft and supple by applying an emollient at least three to four times everyday. Of course, your skin must be clean as well.
Emollients are oil or fat based and come in the form of a cream, ointment, lotion or bath and shower oil. They reduce the amount of moisture your skin loses. Some emollients have anti-itching and anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
An emollient protects the skin better with the increase in its oil content. Choose the emollients according to the weather conditions. For example, ointments, which typically contain 80 per cent oil and 20 per cent water, works best during a spell of bad weather as the skin loses more moisture in this type of weather condition.
Besides applying the emollient, the eczema sufferer must also avoid using the soap, especially the harsh ones. Soap can remove the skin’s oils and damage the skin barrier, thereby increasing the likelihood of eczema flare-ups.
2. Eat healthily
You are what you eat. Healthy eating is one of the more important holistic treatments for eczema. Eczema sufferers need to eat well to prevent eczema flare-ups. A balanced diet is one that comprises around one-third fruit and vegetables and one-third unrefined carbohydrates (eg. whole meal bread, brown pasta and rice).
The remaining third should comprise roughly equal amounts of protein foods (eg, fish and lean meat) and low-fat dairy foods (eg. yogurt and cheese), with a small amount of sugar and fatty foods. Sticking to a balanced diet helps you to obtain the nutrients you need for healthy skin.
3. Keep stress at bay
Good stress management is one of the holistic treatments for eczema which eczema sufferers should practise. It helps to prevent flare-ups and reduce tension during attacks. Regular exercise, a great stress reliever, enables the body to use up excess stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins, which brings about the “feel good” effect.
Activities like going for a walk in the park or watching the sea also reduce stress levels. The simplest and most effortless stress reliever is laughter. A good belly laugh can reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and increase mood-boosting serotonin levels.
Hope the information has been useful so far. Give these eczema treatments a shot and you will be surprised with the outcome it gives you.
Last Updated: 28 March 2012